Jun. 27th, 2013

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On the contrary of most other readers of the previous book, Something Like Summer, I didn’t dislike Tim, actually I thought he had his reasons, and that, in a way, Ben was pushing him. While it was sad to see them split in high school, I think it was a necessary step in their growing process. And of course this allowed Ben to meet and love Jace, that, this time like the other readers, I loved and thought was the best characters of them all.

Something Like Winter is not a sequel, it’s the same story from Tim’s point of view. This is something missing in the previous book, especially when Tim and Ben part; Tim in college, his relationship with Eric, the man who will leave him an inheritance big enough to allow him independence, are all things we learned in pieces, but that we don’t really had the time to comprehend. With this novel the author wants to give us that chance; maybe he did so to make Tim a more likable candidate to Ben’s love for many fans of the previous book, but to me it was more the chance to know better someone I liked, and that I wanted to understand better.

There aren’t really new events, more or less what happens here happened in the previous book too, but the strange thing is that it felt like a completely different book. Sure I recognized the story, even if I read Something Like Summer more than 2 years ago, but nevertheless I think, even if I read it just 1 month ago, the feeling would be the same. It’s actually an interesting concept, very original, one that I think no other author did before: take the same story, same characters, same events, and write a completely different book; I didn’t think that was possible, but Jay Bell managed it. I’m not a literature student, and I don’t know if this is some known writing exercise, but it isn’t, then I think Jay Bell needs to be listed on some essays on how to invent new writing style, and if it’s, then he has to be listed for using it at perfection. I dare a new reader to the series to buy both books and reading them one after the other and tell me if it’s not true. At the time I’m writing this, Jay Bell has already released Something Like Autumn, that is Jace’s (and Ben?) story; while maybe there are some points in common with the first two books, I think Autumn will be slightly different, in both books Jace appears only in the end, and we really don’t know much about him before Ben. Meanwhile, I’m also waiting for the coming soon movie based on Summer, I suppose another record by Jay Bell, a self-published author who saw his book listed as Top Year Bestselling in Gay Fiction on Amazon and shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award (which he won the year after for Kamikaze Boys, btw).

Amazon: Something Like Winter
Amazon Kindle: Something Like Winter
Paperback: 374 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 23, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1479261726
ISBN-13: 978-1479261727

Series: Seasons
1) Something Like Summer: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1233202.html
2) Something Like Winter

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I asked to all the authors joining the GayRomLit convention in Atlanta in October (http://gayromlit.com/grl-authors) a personal favor, a special Ebook Giveaway: twice a week I will post 1 book from each author, and among those who will leave a comment, I will draw a winner. Very easy and very fast ;-) I will send a PM to the winner, so remember to not leave anonymous comments!

Today author is L.A. Witt: L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha.
Website: http://www.loriawitt.com
Most recent title: Covet Thy Neighbor
Publishers: Amber Quill/Amber Allure, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, Samhain Press

Covet Thy Neighbor (Tucker Springs) by L.A. Witt
Publisher Riptide Publishing (March 21, 2013)
Language English
ISBN-10 1626490015
ISBN-13 978-1626490017
Amazon: Covet Thy Neighbor (Tucker Springs)
Amazon Kindle: Covet Thy Neighbor (Tucker Springs)

Opposites attract, but heaven help these two.

Tattoo artist Seth Wheeler thinks he’s struck gold when Darren Romero rents the apartment across the hall. The new guy is gorgeous, witty, and single, plus he’s just the right blend of bold and flirtatious. Perfect.

Except then Darren reveals that he moved to Tucker Springs to take a job as the youth pastor at the New Light Church. Seth is not only an atheist, but was thrown out by his ultra-religious family when he came out. He tends to avoid believers, not out of judgment but out of self-preservation.

But Darren doesn’t give up easily, and he steadily chips away at Seth’s defenses. Darren is everything Seth wants in a man . . . except for that one massive detail he just can’t overlook. Is Darren’s religion the real problem, or is it just a convenient smoke screen to keep him from facing deeper fears? It’s either see the light, or risk pushing Darren away forever.

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David Drake (born June 27, 1963 in Edgewood, Maryland) is an American playwright, stage director, actor and author. He is best known as the author and original performer of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, for which he received a Village Voice Obie Award, a 1994 Drama-Logue Award for "Outstanding Solo Performance," and a Robbie Stevens Frontiers Magazine Award for the same. Nominations include a 1994 LA Weekly Theater Award and a Lambda Literary Award nomination for "Best New Play of 1994" (published by Anchor Books).

Born as David Drakula, and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, he later began going by the name David Drake. He has contributed articles to the Advocate, TheaterWeek, and Details. One of the longest one-actor plays in Off Broadway history, Larry Kramer has received over thirty productions in nearly a dozen countries, and the published version was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.

In 2000 Drake starred in a movie version of The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me. The movie was directed by Tim Kirkman and was filmed at Baltimore Theatre Project.

David Drake has appeared in the feature film Philadelphia and on the stage in Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, Pageant, The Boys in the Band, and A Language of Their Own.

He now lives in Manhattan.

As a director, David has directed Eric Bernat's Starstruck, That Woman: Rebecca West Remember, starring Anne Bobby, and The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac, written and performed by Taylor Mac, which won a Herald Angel Award, A Latest Award, and an Argus Angel Award. In May, 2009, his production of James Edwin Parker's 2 Boys in a Bed on a Cold Winter's Night played to sold-out houses and rave reviews as part of the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival. He is currently working on directing Songs My Mother Never Taught Me, written and performed by Deborah Karpel, which premiered at the Ruhrfestspiele in Recklinghausen, Germany, in June, 2009.

In July 2009 he participated in the Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, workshopping Taylor Mac's five act musical Lily's Revenge. This was his second trip to Sundance, having directed the workshop of Edmund White's Terre Haute in 2005.



He is a frequent collaborator of New York producer Paul Lucas, for whom he has directed that Woman, The Be(a)st of Taylor Mac, Stand Up/Lie Down, and Songs My Mother Never Taught Me.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Drake_%28actor%29

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I asked to all the authors joining the GayRomLit convention in Atlanta in October (http://gayromlit.com/grl-authors) a personal favor, a special Ebook Giveaway: twice a week I will post 1 book from each author, and among those who will leave a comment, I will draw a winner. Very easy and very fast ;-) I will send a PM to the winner, so remember to not leave anonymous comments!

And the ebook giveaway goes to: christyinaz

Today author is L.A. Witt: L.A. Witt is an abnormal M/M romance writer currently living in the glamorous and ultra-futuristic metropolis of Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband, two cats, and a disembodied penguin brain that communicates with her telepathically. In addition to writing smut and disturbing the locals, L.A. is said to be working with the US government to perfect a genetic modification that will allow humans to survive indefinitely on Corn Pops and beef jerky. This is all a cover, though, as her primary leisure activity is hunting down her arch nemesis, erotica author Lauren Gallagher, who is also said to be lurking somewhere in Omaha.
Website: http://www.loriawitt.com
Most recent title: Covet Thy Neighbor
Publishers: Amber Quill/Amber Allure, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, Samhain Press

Covet Thy Neighbor (Tucker Springs) by L.A. Witt
Publisher Riptide Publishing (March 21, 2013)
Language English
ISBN-10 1626490015
ISBN-13 978-1626490017
Amazon: Covet Thy Neighbor (Tucker Springs)
Amazon Kindle: Covet Thy Neighbor (Tucker Springs)

Opposites attract, but heaven help these two.

Tattoo artist Seth Wheeler thinks he’s struck gold when Darren Romero rents the apartment across the hall. The new guy is gorgeous, witty, and single, plus he’s just the right blend of bold and flirtatious. Perfect.

Except then Darren reveals that he moved to Tucker Springs to take a job as the youth pastor at the New Light Church. Seth is not only an atheist, but was thrown out by his ultra-religious family when he came out. He tends to avoid believers, not out of judgment but out of self-preservation.

But Darren doesn’t give up easily, and he steadily chips away at Seth’s defenses. Darren is everything Seth wants in a man . . . except for that one massive detail he just can’t overlook. Is Darren’s religion the real problem, or is it just a convenient smoke screen to keep him from facing deeper fears? It’s either see the light, or risk pushing Darren away forever.
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My Life as a Myth by Huston Piner
Publisher Prizm (May 22, 2013)
Language English
ISBN-10 1610404815
ISBN-13 978-1610404815
Amazon: My Life as a Myth
Amazon Kindle: My Life as a Myth

1969 freshman Nick Horton has problems. He suffers from bouts of depression, he's a high school social outcast, and he doesn't understand why he's not attracted to girls. So when a series of misunderstandings label him a troublemaker, he's delighted to have Jesse Gaston and Jesse's gang befriend him. Nick wants to explore his attraction to Bobby Warren, but Jesse promises to give him a new image and soon transforms the shy loser into an anti-establishment student hero. Thanks to his new reputation, Nick finds himself besieged by would-be girlfriends and expectations that he live up to his public image. As Jesse's PR campaign becomes more and more outrageous, Nick's road quickly becomes littered with ridiculous misadventures and unexpected psychedelic explorations. Meanwhile he struggles to understand his emerging romance with Bobby while dealing with the Vietnam War's continuing impact on his family and the dangerous goings-on at school. Nick's freshman year is a remarkable journey of struggle with his unwanted reputation and his deepening passion for Bobby. Is a world still reeling from the sexual revolution, Acid Rock, and the illicit pleasures of underage drinking and pot smoking ready to accept two boys in love? Will Nick and Bobby's love survive or will the world's prejudices drive them apart?

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